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Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends

Another busy week has passed by in a flash and the half-term break is already almost upon us.  On Tuesday evening, our Mathematics Department hosted about 300 mathematicians from Hilton and other local schools at our annual Maths Experience.  The scholars were treated to stimulating talks presented by our Mathematics Department staff, and I understand that this was a great success.  I also attended the Inter-House Junior Public Speaking Competition last week, having attended the Senior competition the week before.  The speeches presented at both of these competitions were out of the top drawer, and I commend all of the speakers on delivering such interesting and well-researched topics.

On Friday our 1st tennis team competed against Michaelhouse in the annual de Wet Cup competition.  I heartily congratulate them on winning this trophy for the fourth consecutive year.  On Saturday we played a full round of closely contested soccer matches against Michaelhouse, and our athletes competed very successfully in an inter-school meeting.  On Sunday we had a number of boys involved in KZN soccer trials and the final KZN golf trials.  I have just received the good news that, on the strength of their performance yesterday, four of our golfers were selected for KZN teams.  The results of the soccer trials have not yet been released but I trust that our boys performed well.   All in all, we had a very good weekend of sport.

There was a real sense of excitement yesterday morning as all of our Form 1, 2 and 3 boys gathered on the front lawns before departing on their various Outdoor Leadership outings.  These trips form an important part of their leadership training but are also designed to teach them valuable life skills, and to be great fun.  I visited the Form 1 group on our Estate yesterday afternoon, and they were all in good spirits and having a wonderful time.

 Our Form 4 group also started their leadership training course yesterday afternoon.  This course is designed to prepare them for their important leadership and mentorship roles in the school next year.  They were all very positively engaged yesterday, and I sincerely hope that they will enjoy the course and, by the end of it, feel that they are ready to play a meaningful role in the school next year.

Today, all of our Matrics wrote their first compulsory Trial Examination (English: Paper 1) and, in chatting to them when they came out of this examination, all seems to have gone well.  With all the Form 1, 2 and 3 boys off campus, the Houses are quieter than normal, and I trust that they will use this opportunity to engage in some uninterrupted study time before the half-term break on Thursday.

Our Form 4 year group will be in Johannesburg for their academic tour next week and I take this opportunity to thank, in advance, all those parents who have offered to host boys.

I remind you that school closes for the Long weekend at 08:30 on Thursday morning and I wish you all a very happy time with your boys.

Yours sincerely

Peter Ducasse

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